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PODS® of Chicago plays Santa Claus through support of Toys for Tots drive, Dec. 16

Moving and storage company will help collect toys for less fortunate children

 
PRLog - Dec. 5, 2012 - (CHICAGO) – To help put a smile on a child’s face this holiday season, PODS of Chicago, a moving and storage company, has teamed up with Menards home improvement store for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation toy drive on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Menards located at 740 E. Rand Road in Mount Prospect, Ill.

“Our location is convenient for people to drop off a toy to help make the holidays brighter for a child in need,” said Jeffrey Lapak, general manager of Mount Prospect Menards. “We are glad to have a role in this great partnership with PODS of Chicago and the Marines for the Toys for Tots drive.”

During the toy drive, PODS® containers will serve as safe and secure collection points to store the toy donations in the Menards parking lot. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, which is also the national charity partner of PODS® Enterprises, Inc., helps less fortunate children experience the joy of Christmas and contribute to the future betterment of communities. Maxwell from classic rock station 97.9 The Loop will be on-site from noon – 2 p.m. to encourage listeners to drop-off a toy.  

“The need for toys this year is very high and the Marines are honored to be in attendance to help collect even more toys for children,” said Staff Sgt. George Dixon of the Marine Corps Reserve Training Center in Chicago. “We thank PODS of Chicago for donating their reliable services and Menards for putting together this event.”

Once the drive is complete, PODS will transport the donations to the Chicago Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to help save the charity thousands of dollars in moving and storage services.

“Giving back to the community is a big aspect of our business,” said Timothy Kelly, general manager of PODS of Chicago. “We are honored to be providing moving and storage logistics for the Toys for Tots drive and to help bring joy to many Chicago area children this holiday season.”

For more information about PODS of Chicago and the charities it supports, visit: http://www.pods.com/chicago-community.aspx

About PODS Enterprises, Inc.

Founded in 1998, PODS currently provides moving and storage services to a population of more than 250,000,000 million consumers and businesses, in 48 U.S. states, Canada, Australia and the U.K., through its company-owned and independent franchise network. To date, the PODS network has completed more than 400,000 long-distance relocations, exceeded 2,000,000 million deliveries and has over 145,000 PODS® containers in service.

PODS® secure containers are constructed of a steel frame and are available in three sizes: approximately 7-by-7-by-8 feet, 12-by-8-by-8 feet and 16-by-8-by-8 feet. The 12-foot and 16-foot containers have been tested to withstand winds of more than 110-mph when partially loaded. Newer PODS® containers have the same steel frame construction but are completely recyclable panels made of steel skins and a high-density polyethylene core. For more information or to schedule service, visit PODS.com or call 800-776-7637.

About the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not-for-profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Now in its 65th year, Toys for Tots provides joy and a message of hope to less fortunate children through the gift of a new toy or book during the Christmas holiday season. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.

About Menards

Menards® is well-known throughout Midwest for its complete selection of high-quality, name brand merchandise with the tools, materials and supplies for all your home improvement needs. Whether just needing a light bulb or can of paint to building a deck or new house, there is something for everyone at Menards® from the beginning do-it-yourselfer to the more experienced contractor. Most Menards® stores also carry name brand appliances, pet products, lawn and garden supplies, and even groceries as your one-stop shopping experience. As always, Menards® is known for its excellent guest service and the place to "Save Big Money®."

With home improvement at the forefront of today's do-it-yourself market, Menards® provides a valuable resource for the entire community. Menards® creates employment opportunities and economic growth while fulfilling the various home improvement needs of local homeowners, tenants, and business owners. A family-owned company started in 1960, Menards® is headquartered in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and has 270 home improvement stores located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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